We’ve got one frequent guest with ragweed allergies. Because of this, sometimes stevia is not an option in my baked goods if I want to include this family friend. Luckily, there’s another sugar substitute for diabetics. I’m talking about monkfruit.
The brand I use is Lakanto Monkfruit Blend, which has erythritol in it. However, you can also find this pure monkfruit powder without corn-based erythritol if you want to reduce sugar and avoid both ragweed family plants and corn.
Here’s what Lakanto Monkfruit Blend is free from:
- Tree nuts
Lakanto makes granulated while, granulated golden, and a powdered version of the white stuff.
This granulated mix works to replace sugar measure for measure so one cup of Lakanto equals one cup of sugar. It dissolves better in batter and dough than straight erythritol. It’s also easier on the stomach. The aftertaste is a little bitter if you try to eat it alone so don’t use it to top your sugar cookies or snickerdoodles.
One of the things I like about this is the golden variety. It makes a difference in how your foods look because usually sugar substitutes don’t caramelize. The great thing about this is, the color isn’t artificially added. It’s just from a different part of the monkfruit.
If you’re looking for the sweetener with the least additives and allergens that’s all natural, monkfruit is it. If you’re putting it in something cold like iced tea or iced coffee, the powder will be a better option than the granulated varieties.
How I use this
Lakanto Golden is my go to for recipes that use brown sugar, like chocolate chip cookies. I still substitute the original for the white sugar portions of the recipe, however.
I also like to use this in dishes that are served hot or have warm undertones because erythritol has that cooling/minty aftertaste. This stuff is perfect in hot chocolate and a squash soup I make with coconut milk.
Click here to buy Lakanto Monkfruit Blend or here if you need a erythritol free pure monkfruit powder without corn. Is this something you think you’d like? I’d love to hear your thoughts and questions in the comments.